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Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery; Closure of the Elephant Trunk Flex Scallop Access Area for the Limited Access General Category Individual Fishing Quota Fleet

Contact:
Sustainable  Fisheries Division
(978) 281 –9315
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 9, 2017

Effective Date: June 12, 2017

The Elephant Trunk Flex Scallop Access Area is closed to limited access general category (LAGC) individual fishing quota (IFQ) scallop vessels effective 0001 hours, on June 12, 2017

As of June 12, 2017, no scallop vessel fishing under LAGC IFQ regulations may fish for, possess, or land scallops in or from the Elephant Trunk Flex Access Area.  The scallop regulations require that we close this area once we project that the LAGC fleet has fished all of the 697 trips allocated to them in this area.

However, vessels that have complied with the observer notification requirements, have declared a trip into the Elephant Trunk Flex Scallop Access Area using the correct Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) code, and have crossed the VMS demarcation line before 0001 hr, June 12, 2017, may complete their trip and retain and land scallops caught from the Elephant Trunk Flex Scallop Access Area.

For small entity compliance guides, this bulletin complies with section 212 of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement and Fairness Act of 1996.  This notice is authorized by the Regional Administrator of the National Marine Fisheries Service, Greater Atlantic Region.